This is totally serious and not cynical in any way, and I am really not being sarcastic…
Here it is:
Read it, or spend the rest of your life wondering…
For those of you lazy buggers who cannot be bothered to click on the above link, here are a few quotes:
”The virus seems to have started out as the archetypal “Faith” virus “Generalis religica“; which begat “Generalis judaica“; which begat “Generalis christianica“; which begat “Generalis catholica” and it’s brethren; which begat “Generalis protestantica“; which begat “Generalis puritanica” about the time it was carried away to the Americas; and so on and so on.
Offshoots of these viruses include the more serious genus types of “Fundamentalis“; A species example being “Fundamentalis islamica“, a virus type which has recently undergone multiple population explosions.”
”The “Faith” virus commonly enters the human vessel via the optical and auditory systems. It is then carried via the blood to the brain where it infects the neurons of the cerebral cortex in the region of the frontal lobe.”
You probably know of Wikipedia, the incredibly useful online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. But you may not be aware of how that same wiki technology – allowing dynamic information to be stored and shared in a truly dynamic format – is being used in personal projects.
Patrick Crozier, a libertarian who has been active in the Libertarian Alliance for many years, has set up InstaPatrick, a wiki where he catalogues his thoughts and opinions on many issues. You can see a listing of all the pages in his wiki here.
Pages like “Why British rail privatisation failed” or “Against taxation” allow Patrick not only a resource to which he can refer others in the course of online conversation, but also can be found by people using search engines to find information on these issues. (It also makes for addictive reading for someone like me, who has come to similar views relatively recently. It is much handier than pestering longtime libertarians like Antoine Clarke and Brian Micklethwait about every question that crosses my mind.)
I have been thinking about how the LA could use wikis to help spread its wisdom and gain influence. For starters, each page about a particular issue could also link to all related LA papers; this would be incredibly useful to journalists and students, among others. If you have your own ideas, feel free to share them in the comments.